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Thomas M. Powers, Ph.D.

 

PROFESSIONAL ADDRESSES                                               

 

Department of Philosophy                                                                                 

University of Delaware                                                                                     

24 Kent Way                                                                                                   

Newark, DE  19716                                                                                          

(302) 831-3229

                                                                                                 

Delaware Biotechnology Institute                                                                                 

University of Delaware                                                                                     

15 Innovation Way                                                                                                    

Newark, DE  19711                                                                                           

                                                                       

BIOGRAPHICAL DATA

 

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii; U.S. Citizen

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

 

University of Delaware: Associate Professor of Philosophy (2013-) and Public Policy and Administration (2012-), Resident Faculty, Delaware Biotechnology Institute (2006-), Assistant Professor (2006-13), Visiting Assistant Professor 2005-06

Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI of the Sorbonne Universités): Visiting Researcher, Laboratoire d'InformatiqueÉquipe: Agents Cognitifs et Apprentissage Symbolique Automatique, (Fall 2015)

University of Virginia: NSF Research Fellow, School of Engineering and Applied Science (2003-05)

Santa Clara University: Lecturer in Philosophy (1997-2003); Adjunct Professor, Computer Engineering (2000-03)

Central Michigan University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy (1996-97)

College of William & Mary, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy (1995-96)

 

OTHER APPOINTMENTS

 

Director, UD Center for Science, Ethics & Public Policy (2011-) & Program for SEPP (2007-11)

Director of the IACAP Minds & Machines Special Interest Group (2016-)

Council of Community Engagement and Public Service Centers, UD (2016-)

Associate Editor, Springer: Philosophy & Technology (2014-)

Online Ethics Center leadership team and international perspectives editorial board leader

State of Delaware Health and Social Services Human Subjects Review Board (2013-)

University of Delaware Institutional Review Board (2011-14)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Editorial Board, Subject Editor for "Ethics and Information Technology" section (2010-)

 

EDUCATION

 

University of Texas, Austin: Ph.D. in Philosophy.  Dissertation: “Formalism in Kant's Ethics” 1995

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich: DAAD-Fulbright dissertation-year fellow, 1993-1994

College of William and Mary: B.A. in Philosophy (with high honors), 1987

 

AREAS OF RESEARCH

 

Ethics (Environmental, Scientific Research, Information and other Emerging Technologies)

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Edited Books

 

Philosophy and Computing: Essays in Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Logic, and Ethics, ed. TM Powers, Springer Publishing (forthcoming)

 

From Kant to Weber: Freedom and Culture in Classical German Social Theory, eds. T. Powers and P. Kamolnick, Krieger Publishing, 1999

 

Articles, Chapters, and Proceedings

 

Powers, TM and Shah, SI (forthcoming). Technological Ethics in Context: The Case of Nanotechnology, in Philosophy: Technology, ed. AF Beavers, Gale Cengage: Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks

Powers, TM (2016). Prospects for a Kantian Machine, in Machine Ethics and Robot Ethics, eds.  W. Wallach and P. Asaro, Ashgate Publishing/Routledge 2017 paperback [republication of Powers TM (2006)]

Shah, SI and Powers, TM (2015). Nanotechnology: a Path Forward for Developing Nations, Institute of Physics Conference Series 92

Powers, TM (2014a). Consequentialism, in Ethics, Science, Technology and Engineering: A Global Resource, 2nd Edition, ed. J. Britt Holbrook, Macmillan Reference USA [revision of Powers, TM 2005c]

Powers, TM (2014b). Deontology, in Ethics, Science, Technology and Engineering: A Global Resource, 2nd Edition, ed. J. Britt Holbrook, Macmillan Reference USA [revision of Powers, TM 2005d]

Powers, TM (2014c). Models for Machine Ethics, APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers 14 (1)

Powers, TM (2014d). Orientation in Philosophical Research, APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers 13 (2)

 Johnson, DG and Powers, TM (2014e). Ethics and Technology: A Program for Future Research in Society, Ethics, and Technology, 5th edition, eds. M. Winston and R. Edelbach, Wadsworth Publishing, Boston Mass. [republication of Johnson & Powers (2005b)]

Powers, TM (2014f). Review of Emerging Pervasive Information and Communication Technologies: Ethical Challenges, Opportunities, and Safeguards, ed. KD Pimple, 2014, in Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law 14, pp. 1-5.

Powers, TM and Shah, SI (2013a). Teaching a Course on Ethics in Nanoscience, Journal of Nano Education 5, 1-6

Powers, TM (2013b). On the Moral Agency of Computers, Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy 32 (2)

 Powers, TM (2011a). Prospects for a Kantian Machine, in Machine Ethics, eds. M. Anderson and S. Anderson, Cambridge University Press [republication of Powers TM (2006)]

Powers, TM (2011b) Incremental Machine Ethics, IEEE Robotics and Automation 18 (1)

Powers, TM (2009a). Machines and Moral Reasoning, Philosophy Now 72

Powers, TM (2009b). Preface, in Creating a Global Dialogue on Value Inquiry, J. Yan & D. Schrader (eds.), Edwin Mellen Press

Powers, TM (2008a). Environmental Holism and Nanotechnology, in Nanotechnology and Society:  Current and Emerging Ethical Issues, eds. F. Allhoff and P. Lin, Springer Publishing

Johnson, DG, and Powers, TM (2008b). Computers as Surrogate Agents, in Information Technology and Moral Philosophy, eds. M. J. van den Hoven and J. Weckert, Cambridge University Press

Powers, TM (2006). Prospects for a Kantian Machine, IEEE Intelligent Systems 21 (4)

Johnson, DG, and Powers, TM (2005a). Computer Systems and Responsibility: A Normative Look at Technological Complexity, Ethics and Information Technology 7(2), Kluwer Publishing

Johnson, DG, and Powers, TM (2005b). Ethics and Technology: A Program for Future Research, in Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, ed. C. Mitcham, Gale Publishing

Powers, TM (2005c). Consequentialism, in Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, ed. C. Mitcham, Gale Publishing

Powers, TM (2005d). Deontology, in Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, ed. C. Mitcham, Gale Publishing

Powers, TM (2005e). Deontological Machine Ethics, Technical Report, American Association for Artificial Intelligence, Palo Alto, 2005

Powers, TM (2004a). Ideas, Expressions, Universals, and Particulars: Metaphysics in the Realm of Software Copyright Law, in Intellectual Property Rights in a Networked World, H. Tavani and R. Spinello, Idea Group Publishing

Powers, TM (2004b). Real Wrongs in Virtual Communities, Ethics and Information Technology 5 (4), Kluwer Publishing

Powers, TM (2002). Responsibility in Software Engineering: Uncovering an Ethical Model, in The Transformation of Organizations in the Information Age: Proceedings of the Sixth International ETHICOMP Conference, Universidade Lusiada de Lisboa

Powers, TM (1999a). The Legacy of Kantian Rationalism for Social Theory, in From Kant to Weber: Freedom and Culture in Classical German Social Theory, eds. T. Powers and P. Kamolnick, Krieger Publishing

Powers, TM (1999b). The Integrity of Body: Kantian Moral Constraints on the Physical Self, in Philosophy and Medicine 60, Kluwer Publishing.

 

INVITED TALKS

 

“The Ambivalent Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles” Transport Futures: Mobility Pricing and Automated Vehicles Conference, Toronto, November 2016

 

“Perspicuous Normative Language” Automated Vehicles Symposium, San Francisco July 2016

 

“Understanding International Perspectives in Science and Engineering Ethics” American Society for Engineering Education, New Orleans, June 2016

 

“Towards a Prescriptive Deontological Non-monotonic Machine Ethics” (with Jean-Gabriel Ganascia), International Association for Computing and Philosophy, Ferarra Italy, June 2016

 

“Robots: Ethical, Social, and Legal Issues” Osher Institute, Wilmington, Delaware, April 2016

 

“Nanotechnology: a Path Forward for Developing Nations” (with Ismat Shah) Science in the Developing World: Enhancing Research Capacity Workshop, University of Waterloo, Canada, September 2015

 

“Top-down Machine Ethics” Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Vancouver, April 2015

 

“Science and Ethics: A Shifting Relationship” Delaware Environmental Institute, Wilmington, February 2015

 

“Can There Be an Ethics of Design?” SRPoiSE Group Meeting, Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Philadelphia, December 2014

 

“Information Justice” Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Philadelphia, December 2014

 

“The Ethics of High-Tech Warfare” Pennsylvania Alliance for STEM Education, West Chester Pennsylvania, November 2014

 

“The Promise and Peril of Principles in Research Ethics” (with Mark Greene) 9th Annual Nursing Research Conference, Newark Delaware, November 2014

 

“Safety, Privacy, and Meta-Data” (with Eric Best) Computer Ethics--Philosophical Enquiry, Paris France, June 2014

 

“Parameters and Information Sources for an Autonomous Robot” (Panel Session on Ethics and Autonomous Agents) Computer Ethics--Philosophical Enquiry, Paris, June 2014

 

“The Ethics of the Bioenergy Market” Brazil Symposium: Global Challenges in Agriculture, Environment, and Energy, Newark Delaware, May 2014

 

“The Public Computer System and Accountability” Northeast Conference on Public Administration, Newark Delaware, November 2013

 

“Prospects for a Smithian Machine” International Association for Computing and Philosophy, College Park, Maryland, July 2013

 

“Environmental Ethics and Nanotechnology” Joint International Workshop on Nanotechnology: Policy, Ethics and Science, Islamabad, Pakistan March 2013

 

“A New Naturalism for Environmental Ethics” University of Genoa, Italy, January 2013

 

“Teaching Ethics to Scientists: Why Rules and Consequences Matter” University of Miami, September 2012

 

“Teaching a Course in Ethics in Nanoscience” AAAS Science & Human Rights Meeting, Washington D.C., July 2012

 

“Explaining Technological Action” Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, July 2012

 

“Aggregation and Future Individuals” International Conference on Interpretive Policy Analysis, Tilburg University, the Netherlands, July 2012

 

“Science-related Ethics and Public Policy Research" Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil, April 2012

 

“Cases and Methods in Research Ethics” Medical Society of Delaware Spring CME Symposium, Newark DE, April 2012

 

“Decision Procedures for Nanotechnology Development" 3rd Int'l Conference on Nanotechnology (Al Ain, U.A.E.) and ISESCO-COMSATS-NSF Int'l Conference on Nanomaterials & Nanoethics (Lahore, Pakistan), December 2011

 

“Fabrics of Science: Quine and the Possibility of Collaboration" Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, San Diego, April 2011

 

“The Machines are Here and are Driving Us" (author-meets-critics: Allen and Wallach's Moral Machines) International Association for Computing and Philosophy/Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, San Francisco, April 2010

 

“Kantian Humanism and Human Enhancement” Oxford University, December 2009

 

“Author Meets Critics” session for Jerry Gaus (Kavka Prize in Political Philosophy), Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Vancouver, April 2009

 

“Ethics and Biofuels: Distributive and Intergenerational Justice” Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting, Baltimore, March 2009

 

“Author Meets Critics” session for Moral Machines by C. Allen and W. Wallach, Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Cincinnati, March 2009

 

“Virtual Action Theory” Conference on Virtual Worlds and Interpretive Communities, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, February 2009

 

“Getting ‘Good Science’ Right: Research Ethics and the America COMPETES Act” California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, February 2009

 

“AI and Eldercare” (invited ethics symposium speaker) Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Fall Symposium, November 2008

 

“Bioethics in a Time of Changing Technologies” Nemours Center for Pediatric Research, Delaware, September 2008

 

“The Ethics of Biofuels: Starving Peter to Drive Paul?” Plants & Soils: Montreal ’08 (invited plenary symposium speaker) July 2008

 

“Neuroimaging and Philosophical Moral Psychology” Institute for Clinical Research, Montreal, July 2008

 

“Is Ethics Computable?” (invited plenary session panelist) North American Computers and Philosophy Conference, Indiana, July 2008

 

“Smith and Kant on Moral Psychology” University of Delaware, April 2008

 

“Discovering Engineering Ethics in the Silicon Valley” American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, July 2007

 

“Design and Action: A Framework for the Philosophy of Engineering” University of North Carolina-Charlotte, February 2007

 

“Can There Be a Science of Ethics?” Delaware Biotechnology Institute, October 2006

 

“Distributive Justice and Information Technology” Georgia Tech School of Public Policy, January 2006

 

“Deontological Machine Ethics” Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Fall Symposium, November 2005

 

“An Account of the Moral Agency of Technology” University of North Texas, February 2005

 

“Towards a Kantian Critique of Technology (the Long Route)” Drexel University, January 2005

 

“On Richard De George’s The Ethics of Information Technology and Business” Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Boston, December 2004

 

“Normative Arguments and the Apparent Conflict of Values” University of Delaware General Education Institute, June 2004

 

“Intentionality and Moral Agency in Computers” Computers and Philosophy, Europe (E-CAP), Pavia, Italy, June 2004

 

“Computers as Surrogate Agents” (with Deborah Johnson) ETHICOMP-Syros, April 2004

 

“How Much Theory: Towards a Meta-Applied Ethics” 13th Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Cincinnati, February 2004

 

“A Kantian Critique of Technology” Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, October 2003

 

“The World According to Kant” Philosophical Forum, Linköping, Sweden, September 2003

 

“The Moral Agency of Technology” University of Linköping, Sweden, September 2003

 

“Real Wrongs in Virtual Communities,” Fifth International Conference of Computer Ethics - Philosophical Enquiry (CEPE), Boston College, June 2003

 

“Ideas, Expressions, Universals, and Particulars,” Sixth Annual Ethics and Technology Conference, Boston College, June 2003

 

“The Computer Layer in Pedagogy” Pacific Division Meeting, American Philosophical Association and the Society for Philosophy and Technology, April 2003

 

“Responsible Computing: Towards a Policy for University Computer Use,” Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University, April 2003

 

“An Idiosyncratic Philosophy of Technology,” TCC Colloquium, University of Virginia, January 2003

 

“Responsibility in Software Engineering: Uncovering an Ethical Model,” ETHICOMP-Lisbon, November 2002

 

“Kantian Freedom and the Defeasible Conception of Dignity,” Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, San Francisco, March 2002

 

“A Kantian Account of Dignity,” Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University, January 2001

 

“The Kantian Critique of Technology,” San Jose Intercollegiate Philosophy Forum, November 2000

 

“Consistency and the Categorical Imperative,” University of California at Santa Cruz, November 1997

 

“Some Problems with Kantian Ethical Formalism,” Central Division Meeting, American Philosophical Association, Pittsburgh, PA, May 1997

 

“Georg Simmel as a Neo-Kantian,” Simmel Conference, University of Colorado at Boulder, April 1996

 

“The ‘Object of Experience’ in Kant’s Critical Metaphysics,” St. Joseph’s University, February 1996

 

“Kantian Reflections on Bodies and Body-Parts,” Northern Arizona University, January 1996

 

FUNDED GRANT ACTIVITIES

 

NSF REU SITE: Interfacing Sustainable Energy and Materials, 2015-18, Senior Personnel ($360,577)

 

Supplement to NSF SES “Becoming the Online Resource Center for Ethics Education in Engineering and Science” (with the National Academy of Engineering, PI R. Hollander), 2014-2019, Delaware Lead Investigator, ($209,239)

 

NSF IGERT Systems Biology in Engineered Environments, 2012-17, Faculty Personnel, ($3 million)

 

USDA/NIFA International Science and Education “Agriculture's Global Challenges: Food Security, Bioenergy, and Biodiversity--Building Educational and Research Partnerships with Brazil,” 2011-14, Co-PI ($150,000)

 

NSF OISE International Workshop on Environmental Nanotechnology & Ethics, 2011, Co-PI ($63,560)

 

NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Grants (2), 2007-2013, Co-PI ($20.5 million)

 

NSF Nanoscale Undergraduate Education for Alternative Energy Grant, 2009-2012, Co-PI ($418,806)

 

Delaware Humanities Forum Grant, 2009, Principal Investigator, ($13,000)

 

American Philosophical Association Conference Grant for "The Ethics of Climate Change" 2009, Principal Investigator, with Fred Schueler ($5,000)

 

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates, “Nature InSpired Engineering” University of Delaware, 2009-2012, Faculty Personnel

 

UD Graduate Improvement and Innovation Grant, RAISE-2, 2008-2009, Principal Investigator ($67,000)

 

NSF EESE “RAISE: Research And Integrity in Science and Engineering” 2007-2009, Principal Investigator ($99,800)

 

NSF New England Workshop on Science and Social Change “Collaborative Generation of Environmental Knowledge and Inquiry” Woods Hole, Mass., April 2007, Participant

 

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates, “Creating Computer Applications for Medicine” University of Virginia, Summers 2005 and 2006, Ethics faculty personnel

 

NSF DOLCE Workshop on Teaching Computer Ethics, Golden, Co., May 2002, Participant

 

Center for Science, Technology, and Society Summer Faculty Research Grant, "Defining the Parameters of Undergraduate Web-based Research" Santa Clara University June 2000, Principal Investigator

 

Center for Science, Technology, and Society Summer Faculty Research Grant, "Developing a Text for the Philosophy Course: Science, Technology, and Ethics" Santa Clara University June 1999, Principal Investigator

 

School of Engineering Grant for Engineering Ethics, Santa Clara University, Summer 1999, Principal Investigator

 

University Curriculum Development Grant "Developing a New Graduate Course in Software Engineering Ethics" Santa Clara University 1998-99, Co-P.I.

 

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Grant, Faculty Seminar on Affirmative Action, Santa Clara University 1998-99, Participant

 

NEH Summer Seminar on German Social Theory, University of Chicago, 1995, Participant

 

ORGANIZATION OF CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, AND SYMPOSIA

 

International Association for Computing and Philosophy-Computer Ethics Philosophical Enquiry Joint Conference, University of Delaware, June 2015

 

World Congress on Research Integrity, Symposium on Research Misconduct: Conceptions and Policy Solutions, Rio de Janeiro, June 2015

 

Joint International Workshop on Nanotechnology: Policy, Ethics and Science. Islamabad, Pakistan (co-organizer) March 2013

 

AAAS/APA Workshop on Science and Human Rights, University of Delaware, June 2012

 

ISESCO-COMSATS-NSF Int'l Conference on Nanomaterials & Nanoethics, Lahore, Pakistan (organizing committee) December 2011

 

Philosophical Collaboration: Theoretical and Practical Considerations, Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, San Diego CA, April 2011

 

Ethics in Nanoscience Workshop (co-organizer with Ismat Shah), University of Delaware April 2011

 

The Ethics of Climate Change: Intergenerational Justice and the Global Challenge (with Fred Schueler), University of Delaware/American Philosophical Association, October 2009

 

Environmental Nanoparticles: Science, Ethics, and Policy (with Don Sparks), University of Delaware, November 2008

 

Environment, Energy, Ethics: Science and Responsibility for the 21st Century (with Mark Greene), University of Delaware/American Philosophical Association, September 2007

 

New Directions in Ethics and Technology (with D. Johnson and J. Wetmore), University of Virginia, October 2004

 

22nd Annual Austin J. Fagothey Philosophy Conference, “Nietzsche and Transvaluation” Santa Clara University, February 2000

 

Software Ethics Workshop, (with R. Danielson and L. Seiter), Santa Clara University, May 1999

 

UNIVERSITY TEACHING

 

Research Ethics Graduate Seminar (UD 2008-12, 2014)

Environmental Ethics (UD 2009-17, W&M Spring 1996, CMU Spring 1997)

Ethics, Business, and Communication in the Life Sciences [graduate NSF-IGERT seminar] (UD Spring 2013-17)

Environmental Ethics Graduate Seminar (Phil. and Public Policy) (UD Spring 2012, Spring 2014)

Ethics and Impacts of Engineering (UD Spring 2011-17)

20th Century Philosophy (UD, Fall 2008-10)

Ethics in Nanoscience (UD, 2008-13)

Engineering Ethics (UD, Spring 2007)

Computer Ethics (for engineering undergraduates) (UVa, Spring 2005)

Ethical Issues in Computing (SCU, Fall 2002)

Modern Philosophy (SCU, Spring 98-02, UD 2006-08)

Software Ethics (Graduate seminar in Computer Engineering) (SCU, Spring 00-02)

Science, Technology, and Society (SCU, Spring 00-01, Winter 02)

Games, Cooperation, and Conflict (SCU, Fall 1998)

Ethics in Politics: Contemporary Political Theory (SCU, Fall 98-00)

Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason (SCU, Winter 98 & 01)

Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and Critique of Practical Reason (CMU Spring 1997)

Nietzsche (SCU Fall 2000)

Ethics in Society (SCU, Winter 98-99)

Business Ethics (UT Spring 1995, CMU 96-97, SCU 97-02)

Epistemology (UT Fall 1994)

Ethical Theory (UT Fall 1992, W&M Fall 1995)

Knowledge and Reality (UT Spring 1993)

Contemporary Moral Problems (UT Fall, Spring, Summer 1991-92, CMU Fall 1996, UD 2005)

Introduction to Philosophy (UT Fall 1994, W&M Fall 1995 & Spring 1996, UD 2005)

 

PROFESSONIAL SERVICE

 

National Science Foundation Proposal Review Panels, 2014-16

International Association for Computing and Philosophy Executive Board, 2016-

Editorial Advisory Board, Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, 2016-

Board of Management, Consortium for Socially-Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE), 2014-

Committee on Philosophy and Computers, American Philosophical Association, Chair 2013-16, Associate Chair 2012-13

AAAS Science & Human Rights Coalition, Ethics and Human Rights Working Group, 2012-

Committee on Bioethics and Ethics in Science of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (FISP)

Committee on Public Philosophy, American Philosophical Association, Member 2009-2012

Faculty Affiliate, Delaware Environmental Institute, University of Delaware

Faculty Affiliate, Center for Critical Zone Research, University of Delaware

Advisory Board, Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology

Advisory Board, The Nanoethics Group (www.nanoethics.org)

Ethics Advisory Board, The Lifeboat Foundation (www.lifeboat.com)

Faculty Scholar, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University, 1997-2003

 

MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

International Association for Computing and Philosophy

International Society for Ethics and Information Technology

American Society for Engineering Education

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Philosophical Association

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

German: Certification of Knowledge of the German Language (PNDS), University of Freiburg, 1993; Spanish: moderate conversational and reading abilities